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Adelaide Hills’ Best Wines Announced at Wine Awards

The 2021 Adelaide Hills Wine Show results are in- and the lineup of trophy winners is an attestation to the region’s celebrated wine culture. 

The 2021 Adelaide Hills Wine Show results are in- and the lineup of trophy winners is an attestation to the region’s celebrated and renowned state-of-the-art wine culture. 

The Hills Wine Show is a highlight event for the region, evaluating and assessing some of the best wines made from at least 85% of grapes grown within the region.

Integral contributors of the Australian Wine Industry,  the Adelaide Hills is the cool climate jewel between its warmer lower-lying neighbours of the Barossa Valley to the North and McLaren Vale and Langhorne Creek to the South.

Adelaide Hills is also the closest Wine Region to the CBD of Adelaide making it a favourite quick getaway, weekend-long lunch or cellar door tour destination.

The winners in the 2021 Adelaide Hills Wine Show were announced today, demonstrating the region’s remarkable diversity, and how the pioneering and boundary-pushing philosophy of its winemakers is coming to fruition.

‘Wine of Show’ went to Penfolds 2020 Bin A Chardonnay, showing how the hero grape of the region is still punching above its weight in terms of global reputation.

Chair of Judges Toby Barlow commented, “Chardonnay often takes home the top trophy, and this wine is a great example of Adelaide Hills regional strength in this varietal. A world class wine of great complexity and texture.”

The Chardonnay was competing for the number one spot with the Best Red Wine, which for the first year ever went to an Italian alternative varietal – the Protero 2019 Nebbiolo. This quietly achieving winery was acquired by Steve and Fiona Pannell, of SC Pannell in December 2019.

Barlow says, “In select vineyard sites and climates the Adelaide Hills can undoubtedly make great Nebbiolo, but to date it hasn’t received the attention that it deserves. It’s exciting to see more producers planting Nebbiolo, which hasn’t always been appreciated in shows given its lack of bright red colour, savoury flavour profile and robust tannins.”

The Adelaide Hills Wine Show first took place in 1997 and recognises and rewards the region’s winemakers and grape-growers for the quality of their wines in over 20 categories.

The judging team of 16 industry experts reviewed around 630 different wines and winners were announced at a luncheon for members of the Adelaide Hills Wine Region, held at the National Wine Centre on 2 December.

The Best Producer (fewer than 100 tonnes) went to Golding Wines. Having put their first vintage in bottle with grapes from the family vineyard back in 2002, nearly two decades on, they are producing a portfolio of cool climate traditional Hills varieties, as well as those less typical in Australia, such as Gamay and Savagnin.

Best Producer (over 100 tonnes) this year went to Paracombe Wines, which was launched in 1983 when Kathy and Paul Drogemuller bought an old dairy farm following the Ash Wednesday bushfires, and now produces a broad portfolio of wines from aromatic whites through to rich, wellbalanced reds.

Barlow comments, “Judging the Adelaide Hills Wine Show is always a pleasure. It was great to have a diverse judging team comprising experts from different fields, such as hospitality, which brings the food environment perspective. As expected, the classics of Chardonnay, Shiraz and Sauvignon Blanc impressed, as well as some stylish Hills sparkling wines”

Other notable wins include Best Other White going to Golding Wines 2021 Single Vineyard Series La Francesa Savagnin. The show also saw some of the less familiar producers receive recognition, with Q1908 2021 The Clubhouse Sauvignon Blanc taking home the trophy for Best Sauvignon Blanc and Small Victories Wine Co 2021 Pinot Gris winning the best Pinot Grigio/ Gris category.

Best Sparkling went to Mordrelle Wines for its 2015 Blanc de Blancs Chardonnay, which also took home the trophy for Best Single Vineyard wine.

 “The Adelaide Hills has a pioneering history, winemakers and viticulturists that are open to being that little bit more courageous and push boundaries in pursuit of beautiful wine are now seeing the fruits of their labour,” Barlow said.

“It’s a super exciting time for the region, which has had a tough few years, but it is coming out stronger, producing some phenomenal wines that hold the Hills in good stead for the future.”

Full trophy List

Vinpac Best Sparkling – Mordrelle Wines 2015 Blanc de Blancs Chardonnay

Prowine Best Riesling – The Lost Watch 2021 Riesling

National Wine Centre Best Sauvignon Blanc – Q1908 2021 The Clubhouse Sauvignon Blanc

Hahn Corporation Best Pinot Gris/Grigio – Small Victories Wine Co 2021 Pinot Gris

The Haus Best Grüner Veltliner – Hahndorf Hill 2021 Gru Grüner Veltliner

Saint Martin Best Chardonnay – Penfolds 2020 Bin A Chardonnay

Lallemand Best Other White – Golding 2021 Single Vineyard Series La Francesa Savagnin

Glass Print Solutions Best Rosé – Wicks Estate 2021 Pinot Rosé

F Miller & Co Best Pinot Noir – Sidewood Estate 2020 Pinot Noir

The Edinburgh Cellars Best Shiraz – The Lane Vineyard 2019 Heritage Shiraz Viognier

Culture Crop Best Other Red – Protero 2019 Nebbiolo

TK Print Best Tempranillo – Mt Bera 2018 ‘Running with the Cows’ Tempranillo

Tremeaux Cooperage Best Cabernet or Blend – Bendbrook Wines 2018 SL Cabernet Sauvignon

AIG Solutions Best Museum Wine – Pike and Joyce 2016 MT Sparkling Chardonnay, Pinot Noir

Duxton Best Producer <100T – Golding Wines

Hughes Construction Best Producer > 100T – Paracombe Wines

Clemens/ GJ East Best Single Vineyard – Mordrelle Wines 2015 Blanc de Blancs Chardonnay

Multi Color Corporation Best Wine of Provenance – Deviation Road 2018, 2015, 2011 Loftia Vintage Brut

Langley & Co Best White Wine – Penfolds 2020 Bin A Chardonnay

Orora Beverages Best Red Wine – Protero 2019 Nebbiolo

Solitaire Automotive Group Best Wine of Show – Penfolds 2020 Bin A Chardonnay

Award Results

AWAC Scholarship – Chris Parsons, Revenir

AWAC Scholarship – Turon White, The Lane Vineyard

Negociants Committee Award – Kate Laurie, Deviation Road

Chanticleer Award for Best Cellar Door Person – Agnes Wyszomirska, The Lane Vineyard

Chanticleer Award for Best Cellar Door – Simon Tolley Wines

Congratulations to all of the winners!

For the full list of winners click here

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